All this has caused me much pain. Who could have foreseen it!
All this has caused me much pain. Who could have foreseen it!
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Jimi, today would have been your 75th birthday. Why did you and your genius leave this world so early on? I cannot help but think all the amazing things you would have done in this world. Not that I’m not thankful for the current gifts you have provided while you were a mortal like the rest of us, because I very much am. But one still wonders, you know?
Happy Birthday Jimi!
I discovered after going to music festivals that I am a rock fan. I love the guitars, the phrasing, and the abandon of rock fans.
Her husband and her sister are playing…does this mean Beyonce might make an appearance at ACL????? Who knows? Happy Austin City Limits Fest!
I had to grow up in a lot of ways. If you do this all your life, you don’t have a normal experience. The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle does not encourage you to be responsible. I’m still sorting it out, but I’m on better ground.
-Tom Petty, 2006
It was true then it wasn’t true then was true again but you don’t want it to be true. Damn. RIP Tom Petty
It’s been well past 18 months since this great man’s passing. I’m at the point where I can listen with only minimal tears forming, so better late than never here’s a game out of David Bowie’s songs!
You sure are
a “Space Oddity”
Why spend a
“Life on Mars”?
You’ll only be
to survive the night
like the “Heroes”
Does your desire
mean that much?
the “Queen Bitch”
and her “Cat People”
to be nothing but a
Why do you
my “Moonage daydream”
for “Modern Love”
I dream of
“Dancing in the Street”
to the “Sound & Vision”
of the “Golden Years”.
You sure are
a “Space Oddity”
Please don’t commit
“Rock & Roll Suicide”
in “Five Years”.
Let’s settle down,
talk it out.
2017 marks the first annual Texas Monthly The Edge of Texas. Based off the May 2017 issue, this event is what I like to think of as a all-Texas SXSW in the middle of the Autumn season up in Dallas, TX.
The Edge of Texas will be held on November 10th and 11th, with each day holding a different theme. Friday, November 10 will be “Party on the Edge” at the Fashion Industry Gallery. Think great food, great music and great art as you and your fellow Texans celebrate everything art, fashion, and food.
Saturday is split into two themes. The day events (10 AM-4PM) is “Storytelling on the Edge”. Your favorite Texas Monthly writers and editors will be interviewing various speakers, allowing their stories to come alive from the pages of the mag. Topics vary from medicine to ISIS to movies to magicians to murder! The night portion begins at 7 PM with live cooking and a “futuristic campfire”. The night is finished off with musical performances by Shinyribs, a local Austinite band (“I Got Your Medicine“) and Sarah Jaffe, who is from Denton (“Clementine“, “Bad Baby“).
To see ticket information, the full lineup and the schedule, check out www.edge.texasmonthly.com.
“Honey Come Home”
to “All We Ever Knew”
where the “Library Magic”
“Sounds like Hallelujah”.
“Oh My Dear”
all this was a
Follow the “Signs of Light”
through the “Rivers
and Roads”, past
the “City of Angels”.
You’ll find me
“Down in the
“Lost in My Mind”
dancing away the
Honey, “Let’s be Still”,
let’s “Turn It Around”.
so that I’m no longer
“Chasing a Ghost”.
Happy 65th birthday John Graham Mellor (aka Joe Strummer). Even though you are no longer with us (15 years!!!! 😦 ), that doesn’t mean we can’t stop celebrating you and your musical talent.
All around the world, folks are celebrating the great frontman’s life. Here are a couple articles from different corners of our globe for your recommendation:
Rolling Stone Italia (Italy) – “Joe Strummer, l’ultima intervista”
Concierto (Chile) – “21 de agosto: Recordamos el nacimiento de Joe Strummer”
Champion (England) – “Town to hold first Strummer Jam Festival”
Irish Examiner (Ireland) – “Remembering Joe Strummer’s early visits to Ireland”
WROR (Boston, MA, USA) – “A Tribute To The Only Frontman Who Matters”
Youtube – “The Clash – Police and Thieves (Live in Munich 1977)”
Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s (Austin, TX, USA) – “Poetry Games: The Clash”
Help honor and celebrate Strummer’s life by checking out The Joe Strummer Foundation and donating to help support musicians.
First: Happy Friday!
Today’s turning out to be a real crappy day, as you can tell by today’s Quote of the Day post. I heard “Friday I’m in Love” on the radio just now. It’s my silly sign that things will be okay. Haven’t done a “The Cure” poem yet, so this should be fun. 🙂
It’s Friday and on
“Friday I’m in Love”.
It’s “A Strange Day”
to be in “A Forest”
wandering through the “Purple Haze”.
Wish you were “Close to Me”
again so I’m not trapped
in my memories with
these “Pictures of You”.
Alas, you are
“Jumping Someone Else’s Train”
Watching a “Strange Attraction” at a
Quit being “The Perfect Boy”
for once in your life and
meet me at “10:15 Saturday Night”
on “Fascination Street” by the
If we make it in time,
we can catch “The Lovecats”
perform their “Lovesong”.
We’ll laugh and party
for old time’s sake
and it’ll be “Just Like Heaven”.
We’ll stay up ’til morning
before we part ways.
You’ll start crying like mad
and I’ll stop you and say
“Boys Don’t Cry”!
We’ll take “The Walk”
to the train station.
You’ll hum my “lullaby”
and promise we’ll
The trumpets sound.
The officers send their demands:
“Let’s ‘Come Together’!
Go away to the ‘Revolution’
on the ‘Long and
where the ‘Blackbird’
‘Twist and Shout’
in the ‘Norwegian Wood’!”
And you go.
You escape without so much
as a “‘Hello, Goodbye”.
You’re “Here, There, Everywhere”
in my view.
On my doorstep on “Penny Lane”
You called for “Help!”.
I come running out
surprised to see your face.
You tell me,
“‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’
so close your eyes
and let me kiss you!”
“‘Hey Jude’,” I say,
“This isn’t ‘Yesterday’.
You’re too late.
This ‘Elanor Rigby’ is not for you.
Take your ‘Yellow Submarine’
‘Across the Universe’ because
‘Here Comes the Sun’ and
You ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.”
Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.
This day in 1969, a group of folks gather together for music, art and peace. We know this know as Woodstock. Happy Woodstock day!
The last Downtown Travels Mix Tape was about exploring different groups from around the world. For Volume 4, it’s more about traveling through time. We start off with a trip five years ago before high-tailing it to the 1980s with a song about an event that occurred in the 1960s after which we jump back to last year with the Avett Brothers who sing a cover song written back in the early 1910s. From there we jump around this decade and last century before taking a trip with the 1980s again (because who doesn’t want to be part of the 1980s music scene?). Enjoy!
Got this song for free on iTunes around 2012-2013 [does iTunes still do that? I get all my music from the radio stations (Radio is not dead!)]. It’s a nice way to start a playlist, not because of the title, but because it’s fun and dance-worthy. It’ll get you in a happy mood by mid-way, not matter how hard you try to resist.
2. December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – The Wonder Who?/The Four Seasons
3. In the Garden (Charles Austin Miles 1912 cover) – The Avett Brothers
It’s a 2016 folk band singing a 1912 song. You can’t get better than that.
It wasn’t until recently I learned that the song The Avett Brothers sing was a hymn. As in gospel music. It totally makes sense when you actually read the lyrics. I’m not one for gospel music, but I will happily make an exception for this song.
4. Hourglass – Catfish and the Bottleman
Hourglass. Time. Think about it.
It’s a great song. A sad song when you think about it (he wants his girl to come back), but sung in a pretty catchy tune.
5. Closer – Tegan and Sara
I think of the pilot episode of Young & Hungry where Gabi (Emily Osment), the feisty chef, and Josh (Jonathon Sadowski), the ridiculously rich tech guy, sing their own rendition. It’s adorable, it’s funny, it’s amazing.
6. Bitter Heart – Zee Avi
The time aspect with this one comes in the second verse where Zee Avi says “it’s been two hours now / and you’re still somewhere in town”. It’s an angry song (not even angry…more like annoyed) sung in a such a catchy, sunny tune you can’t help but sing along.
7. Bend & Break – Keane
Going to the early years of the millennium with this Keane hit (at least I consider it a hit. It’s the best song on that album). Timothy James Rice-oxley said back when the song came out that “Bend & Break” was about getting past the darker state of mind and into the light. It’s a song of overcoming the paid and suffering and meeting on the other side where peace is to be found.
8. Wild – Royal Teeth
Royal Teeth, a band from New Orleans, came out with this song in 2012. It’s one of my favorite songs on this mix tape. It’ll put a smile on your face and lift you into a blissful state. The song, though it’s open to interpretation, is about the band leaving their normal routine to pick up their instruments and heading on tour. Rather than growing up, it’s about living in the present and enjoying everything that is heading their way.
9. Run-Around – Blues Traveler
Let’s jump back 18 years to 1994. Since this mix tape is time-themed, it would be rude not to add a song that is from the year I was born. I could have put Céline Dion or Mariah Carey, but they just don’t fit the rhythm of this mix tape (or my music taste in general). Hence, the Blues Traveler! Have you heard of them? Yes? No? They’ve been around for over 20 years. I think they’ll make it. xD
10. Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well – A Silent Film
Yes, there are a lot of songs from 2012. 2012-2013 was the enlightenment period for my music taste. New group of friends, college, and the ability to break the spell that trapped my head in the “super big corporate radio” (yes I mean you KISS-FM!) were all big influences in exploring the not so mainstream music (and the classic hits).
This song goes through a passage of time. It starts off with two kids who have feelings for each other but the boy never admits it. They grow up and grow apart and somehow find each other years later. It’s a great song. It’ll make you dance and feel sad at the same time. Gotta love the Brits.
11. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
Of course everybody wants to rule the world! Power and money and control? I find this song fitting to be at the end of the playlist since it was the last song on Tears for Fears’ album, Songs from the Big Chair. According to the Take Two podcast, Roland Orzabel, the band’s co-founder, thought the song was too “light” for the album, wanting to change the lyrics to “everybody wants to go to war”. Luckily for the band (and us fans), he was convinced out of that idea.
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